Friday 6 February 2015

GBSB Episode One: Pigs, Parks and Grimacing

Sooo did you watch the Bee last night? It was very strange seeing myself on the telly. I watched it with my Nanna and Grangy, Grandma and Grandad, my parents and the in-laws. It was really nice! I'd had an absolutely manic day at work with a huge event that I'd organised, so was shattered, and filled with nervous energy (and mum-made Chilli). I loved watching the show, and seeing what the other sewers were up to, I tended to speak to those people closest to me when in challenge mode as I was much too frantic to 'work the room'. I'm probably going to have to watch it again though as I was far too busy giving everyone the inside scoop than watching the show.

Love Claudia's eye make-up fringe combo - I reckon she'd rock the Cleopatra look

I was wondering how my accent would sound on the TV, but it turns out I had my 'phone voice' on so instead of sounding like my Nan, I sounded like I was auditioning to be a 1950s air hostess.

Me and Terence 'casually' walking around a Levenshulme park, as ya do.... apparently dressed entirely in blue that day.

I loved seeing everyone's back stories! I feel like this is different from last years series, didn't they concentrate on one person per episode last year? I like this way better though, as we get a little bit of an insight into my pals as we go along.

I was so sad to see Annie go! I didn't even notice her taking a lie down on the day! But I know exactly how she felt, I wanted a lie down myself. She was really fun, and we didn't have nearly enough time to get to know her.   However, we've had plenty of time to catch up, and I can safely say Annie is an absolute winner in my book.

I had to include this, what a cracking grimace! I don't think she thought I'd finish those trousers did she?

Lots of you have asked me about the pattern and fabric that I used on the show. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to divulge brands due to it being a BBC show, apologies. However, previous readers of the blog may have seen something similar, and I know that lots of people/ websites have tracked down the fabric used. Check out #GBSB on twitter for some hints and tips.

I'll be tweeting and chatting throughout the show again next week, I hope I'll see you there. Thank you again to everyone for your support and dress love! You've all been amazing :-)



  1. Hi Deborah, I really enjoyed last night's show. Your dress was lovely. So looking forward to the rest of the series and seeing what you and the other contestants make! Catherine x

  2. Yay! really enjoyed the show and so happy you are on it! I have been lurking around your blog for ages. Looking forward to the rest of the shows!

  3. Really enjoyed watching it and loved your dress. The fabric was beautiful too. Good luck for next week! (Yes I know it's pre recorded but still going to wish you good luck!!)

  4. Really great opener - your dress was great. The time pressures must be horrendous. Looking forward to following your progress!

  5. Hi Deborah, I just found your blog after seeing you on the Sewing Bee last night and it's FAB! I love your sewing & style, I have to say your summer dress was my fave - right up my street. It must have been SO weird having to keep schtum on your SB experiences, but great that you get to 'blog-along' with the show now. Looking forward to reading more from you and seeing how you get on in SB (did you win?? You could have won, we wouldn't even know! Hope so)

  6. Well done you! I was excited to see you were part of this year's sewing bee as I enjoy your blog :) looking forward to seeing how you get on!

  7. Hiya Deborah- gosh that fabric though! (I mean the one for THE dress). Stunner. Nice work!

  8. Good Morning all! Thanks so much for all your lovely messages, and for all the good luck! I know it's all already filmed, but somehow it helps me feel ready for the next episode :-)

    So nice to hear from people who have read my blog! Especially as the comment function these days seems to be somewhat redundant. I hope you enjoy the series, I know I did! Deb xx

  9. It's nice to see your comments on the show Sis! I bet it's very different watching it now compared with how it felt at the time! I'm excited for this weeks episode! Love xxx

  10. Well done, so far! Your accent is fine, btw. Do I detect a hint of Rossendale??

  11. I'm afraid not, Blackburn through and through :-) Are you a local lady?

    1. I actually grew up in Rochdale, but my parents were Rossendalians. I now live in Surrey (Shh!)



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